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Thu 30 October, 2014

11:27 Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay. While he never hid his sexuality from friends, family, and close co-workers, Cook decided it was time to make it publicly known in the hopes that the information will help others who don't feel comfortable to do so. He said, "I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy." Cook added that while the U.S. has made progress in recent years toward marriage equality, there is still work to be done. "[T]here are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation."

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11:27 A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming» Slashdot
lpress writes I tested CBS All Access video streaming. It has technical problems, which will be resolved, but I will still pass because they show commercials in addition to a $5.99 per month fee. Eventually, we will all cut the cord and have a choice of viewing modes — on-demand versus scheduled and with and without commercials — but don't expect your monthly bill to drop as long as our ISPs are monopolies or oligopolies.

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11:19 James Cameron thinks current VR technology is 'a yawn'» Engadget RSS Feed
Coming from the man who created Terminator and Avatar, two of the most highly recognized sci-fi franchises, you'd think James Cameron would be excited about the rise of virtual reality in the past couple of years. But not so fast. Yesterday, during...
11:18 Game of Thrones Cast Re-Ups for Seventh (and Final?) Season» TVLine » TVLine
The night may be dark and full of terrors… but a future in which Game of Thrones goes on without your favorites isn’t one of them. HBO has locked down all of the series’ principal actors — including Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey — for a potential seventh season,  per The Hollywood Reporter.  Thrones‘ main actors had […]
11:17 TVLine Items: The Sons Storm Conan, Devious Maid Visits Virgin and More» TVLine » TVLine
The Sons of Anarchy are making a pit stop on their final ride. Series creator Kurt Sutter and the show’s cast — including Charlie Hunnam, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Smits, Drea de Matteo andMark Boone Junior — will visit Conan on Nov. 11. The reunion marks the FX ensemble’s first-ever joint late-night appearance. Ready for more of […]
11:05 Burkina Faso declares state of emergency» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
President scraps plans for vote to extend term in office as tens of thousands take to streets and parliament set ablaze.
11:00 Resurrection Sneak Peek: What's Bellamy's Age Again...?» TVLine » TVLine
The bad news just keeps on coming for Resurrection‘s Agent Bellamy, and from the looks of this sneak peek at Sunday’s episode (ABC, 9/8c), another bomb is about to drop. In the exclusive clip above, Bellamy confronts his icy government contact Angela, who’s been keeping a vital piece of information from him: He first died in 1934. So, […]
11:00 Bearfight!» Neatorama

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Earlier this week I posted a video showing a New Jersey black bear on his best behavior.These two New Jersey black bears are in an all-out brawl, knocking things over in a front yard of a home in a residential area. Occasionally stopping to rest and stare each other down while breathing heavily from the exertion, they eventually take the fight out into the street, as drivers pull their cars over to catch the action.

10:58 Major Crimes Casts Tuc Watkins in Season-Ending Arc... as Stroh's Savior?» TVLine » TVLine
A onetime Desperate husband may hold the fate of a desperate Phillip Stroh in his hands. On the heels of the news that Revolution‘s Billy Burke will be guest-starring on TNT’s Major Crimes as The Closer‘s insidious Phillip Stroh, TVLine can report that Tuc Watkins will also appear in the season-ending two-parter, in a perhaps pivotal capacity. […]
10:55 Netflix is coming to BT TV YouView boxes» Engadget RSS Feed
BT today announced its second quarter financial results, but it's not the facts and figures we're interested in, as thrilling as they may be. All but hidden among tables and text is the news that BT's hooked up with Netflix, and pretty soon, the...
10:54 Open call for digital art funding proposals from Thespace» Boing Boing

Paula writes, "TheSpace is the largest fund currently dedicated to commissioning and exhibiting digital art. This latest funding call is dedicated to work that considers or responds to the affordances of mobile networked devices - whether that is a phone, wearable, tablet or..." Read the rest

10:51 Clashes in Jerusalem after shooting of rabbi» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Al-Aqsa temporarily closed after a member of a far-right group which wants to rebuild Jewish temple on site is wounded.
10:49 Crash test dummies are getting fatter to better represent humanity» Engadget RSS Feed
Did you know that if you're on the hefty side, you're 78 percent more likely to die in an automobile accident? It's a statistic that has prompted the world's biggest supplier of crash test dummies to build a model that's more in keeping with our...
10:40 Ted Cruz admits "love" for electronic vibrating device» Boing Boing
“Those are his personal choices. I’ll tell you, I love my iPhone,” Cruz said about Tim Cook's announcement that he is gay.
10:30 Meet CBS' Supergirl (and Her Sister), Get Scoop on Kara's Big Entrance» TVLine » TVLine
Casting is now underway — courtesy of the same folks who populated Arrow and The Flash — for CBS’ Supergirl series, and TVLine has details on exactly what (and who) the DC Comics-based drama is looking for in two of its lead roles. For Kara Zor-El aka Kara Danvers, the show is eyeing Caucasian females, age […]
10:30 Vice Media teams up with Canada's Rogers to build Toronto studio» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Vice Media, a maker of edgy videos popular with younger viewers, has teamed up with Rogers Communications Inc to build a studio in Toronto to produce news, documentaries and other content with Canadian filmmakers. The C$100 million ($89.43 million) deal announced by the companies on Thursday includes plans for a Vice TV network across Canada. Rogers, one of Canada's biggest cable and wireless phone providers, hopes the deal will help it better connect with 18- to 35-year-olds, who are much more likely to consume media online or on mobile devices. "We're going to shake up Canada with exciting, provocative content and we'll export it around the world," Rogers Chief Executive Guy Laurence said in a statement.
10:27 X-Stand Portable Notebook Cooling Stand» Boing Boing

I’ve used this laptop stand for six years after discovering it branded and sold by Targus (where it can no longer be found).

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10:27 Slashdot Asks: Appropriate Place For Free / Open Source Software Artifacts?» Slashdot
A friend of mine who buys and sells used books, movies, etc. recently came purchased a box full of software on CD, including quite a few old Linux distributions, and asked me if I'd like them. The truth is, I would like them, but I've already collected over the last two decades more than I should in the way of Linux distributions, on at least four kinds of media (starting with floppies made from a CD that accompanied a fat book on how to install some distribution or other -- very useful in the days of dialup). I've got some boxes (Debian Potato, and a few versions of Red Hat and Mandrake Linux), and an assortment of marketing knickknacks, T-shirts, posters, and books. I like these physical artifacts, and they're not dominating my life, but I'd prefer to actually give many of them to someplace where they'll be curated. (Or, if they should be tossed, tossed intelligently.) Can anyone point to a public collection of some kind that gathers physical objects associated with Free software and Open Source, and makes them available for others to examine? (I plan to give some hardware, like a pair of OLPC XO laptops, to the same Goodwill computer museum highlighted in this video, but they probably don't want an IBM-branded radio in the shape of a penguin.)

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10:23 Sweden recognises state of Palestine» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Israel recalls its ambassador following move Swedish foreign minister hopes "will show the way for others".
10:21 MSI's latest gaming laptop packs a mechanical keyboard» Engadget RSS Feed
Using a laptop for gaming usually means making a few sacrifices, including the keyboard; you often have to make do with thin, flat keys that don't compare to what you get with many desktops. You won't have to compromise on input with MSI's new GT80...
10:10 "Cat in a Cardboard Box" by Hine» Boing Boing

catinboxHine Mizushima is an illustrator, slow crafter, and puppet stop-motion video artist. We've shown her work on Boing Boing many times. I love her Flickr feed, where she shows her latest creations, like "Cat in a Cardboard Box."

10:09 Tunisia results confirm Nidaa Tounes win» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Secular Nidaa Tounes has won 85 seats in the 217-member parliament while Ennahda got 69 seats, election authorities say.
10:08 Gadgets: 3-in-1 multi-cooker, magician's card press, iPhone 6 Plus» Boing Boing
Listen to Mark, Xeni and Jason talk about what's cooking with their favorite gadgets in and out of the kitchen. Read the rest
10:03 Mysterious stone circles of the Middle East» Boing Boing

Long known of but little-understood, Jordan's "Big Circles" are around 400 meters in diameter and remain a compelling mystery. Their purpose is unknown, and archaeologists are unsure when these structures were built.

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10:01 Big Bang Theory Prom Pictures Revealed — Who Bails on Their Date?!» TVLine » TVLine
Take your lavender taffita out of storage and grab the cheapest corsage you can find at the corner florist, because The Big Bang Theory is holding a prom. In the CBS hitcom’s Nov. 6 episode, “The Prom Equivalency,” the gang recreates a high school prom on the roof of the guys’ apartment building. But as […]
10:00 The Best Thing About Microsoft’s Health Platform Is That It’s Not Microsoft-Only» WIRED
The Best Thing About Microsoft’s Health Platform Is That It’s Not Microsoft-Only

Microsoft has been working on its own health tracking service, Microsoft Health, and a wearable to go along with it, Microsoft Band. Both are available starting today.

The post The Best Thing About Microsoft’s Health Platform Is That It’s Not Microsoft-Only appeared first on WIRED.








10:00 A Game Of Bones» Neatorama

In the canine quest to become the alpha dog only one will be able to sit on the Throne of Bones, and that ruler is destined to be Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons. 

With her cute mug, flowing blonde hair and three dragon children at her side there’s no stopping this adorable little one from becoming queen of Woofsteros. 

Will the other canine kingdoms be able to stop her from assuming, and then chewing on, the iron bone throne? I don’t think they stand a cat’s chance in doggie heaven!

This amazing act of canine cosplay was created by Cynthia Martin, Samantha Watt and Dorothy Bernard, and it took the team two months to assemble the throne and construct the costumes. 

The trio put so much detail into every bit of this cosplay, and the amazing set pieces, that it's a shame these doggy pals can't play Game of Bones every day!

-Via Fashionably Geek

09:59 US nurse defies Ebola quarantine by cycling» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Woman who returned to Maine after treating patients in Sierra Leone says 21-day quarantine is "scientifically unsound".
09:55 Court orders man to stop pretending to fall over» Boing Boing
English magistrates have told a 51-year old man that he will be in trouble if he lies on the ground anywhere in the country in order to attract attention.
09:54 Gold Moto 360 makes a brief appearance at Amazon» Engadget RSS Feed
When it comes to jewelry, some folks prefer gold to silver. After debuting its Moto 360 smartwatch in black and silver options, it appears a champagne-hued model is on the way from Motorola. Tipped a brief appearance on Amazon, the $300 wearable...
09:48 Only top legislators informed of White House computer attack» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

A general view of the White House in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An attack by hackers on a White House computer network earlier this month was considered so sensitive that only a small group of senior congressional leaders were initially notified about it, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials said the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the heads of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, collectively known as the "Gang of Eight," were told last week of the cyber attack, which had occurred several days earlier. ...


09:44 Nottingham's National Videogame Arcade could be the best museum ever» Engadget RSS Feed
Nottingham's probably best known for its infamous sheriff, but next year it'll have another claim to fame when a museum dedicated to gaming opens in the city. The National Videogame Arcade, said to be "the world's first cultural centre for gaming,"...
09:41 Five Ways to Move Your Big Data Projects Into the Cloud» WIRED
Five Ways to Move Your Big Data Projects Into the Cloud

A s the cloud goes mainstream, the technology will become crucial to executives handling projects powered by analytics. Which basically means every department head. Because the insights that analytics are churning out these days are the biggest drivers of new business models, closer ties with customers, and more production collaboration with partners, customers and employees.  But as more […]

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09:40 Microsoft announces Health platform» Boing Boing
09:30 The Japanese Navy's Crazy Plan to Bomb Texas» Neatorama


(Photo: Max Smith)

Other than a handful of submarine-mounted artillery bombings, a brief air raid by a single submarine-launched seaplane, and a few balloon-floated bombs, Japan was unable to directly attack the 48 contiguous United States during World War II. The Japanese did, however, have larger ambitions against the US heartland.

Pictured above is a surviving Kawanishi H8K, a seaplane operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy. 30 of these planes would have been the strike force of an extraordinary plan to bomb Texas.


(Map: NOAA)

Note that Texas does not have a Pacific coastline.

That did not dissuade the Japanese. They wanted to damage the oil fields then active in Texas. So they planned to fly 30 H8K seaplane bombers across the Pacific, refueling them with carefully-staged submarines. After refueling a final time off the coast of Baja California, the bombers would fly across northern Mexico and strike Texas.

Fortunately, the Japanese developed this plan too late in the war to make it feasible. They cancelled it and similar plans to bomb the Panama Canal.

-via Ace of Spades HQ

09:28 Get ready to start seeing video ads in your Instagram feed» Engadget RSS Feed
If people weren't too happy with the first batch of sponsored posts by Instagram, those temper tantrums might reach a new level soon. According to Adweek, the Facebook-owned imaging service is now rolling out video ads to users' feeds, having been...
09:27 Le Carre Series Starring Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston Lands at AMC» TVLine » TVLine
AMC has splurged for dibs on an adaptation of John le Carre’s The Night Manager, to star two-time Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie (House) and Tom Hiddleston (Thor), The Hollywood Reporter reports. Published in 1993 as le Carre’s first post-Cold War novel, The Night Manager follows a British solider-turned-luxury hotel auditor who gets roped into an […]
09:24 Hacking Team Manuals: Sobering Reminder That Privacy is Elusive» Slashdot
Advocatus Diaboli writes with a selection from The Intercept describing instructions for commercial spyware sold by Italian security firm Hacking Team. The manuals describe Hacking Team's software for government technicians and analysts, showing how it can activate cameras, exfiltrate emails, record Skype calls, log typing, and collect passwords on targeted devices. They also catalog a range of pre-bottled techniques for infecting those devices using wifi networks, USB sticks, streaming video, and email attachments to deliver viral installers. With a few clicks of a mouse, even a lightly trained technician can build a software agent that can infect and monitor a device, then upload captured data at unobtrusive times using a stealthy network of proxy servers, all without leaving a trace. That, at least, is what Hacking Team's manuals claim as the company tries to distinguish its offerings in the global marketplace for government hacking software. (Here are the manuals themselves.)

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09:24 Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter» Slashdot
Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes Time Warner Cable's results have been buoyed recently by higher subscriber numbers for broadband Internet service. In the latest period, however, Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 overall residential customer relationships [Note: non-paywalled coverage at Bloomberg and Reuters]. The addition of 92,000 residential high-speed data customers was offset by 184,000 fewer residential video customers in the quarter. Triple play customers fell by 24,000, while residential voice additions were 14,000.

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09:07 Largest Underwater Statue Holds Ocean on its Shoulders» LiveScience.com
The biggest underwater sculpture ever built was placed under the waters off Nassau in the Bahamas.
09:05 Photos: The Largest Underwater Sculpture» LiveScience.com
The Ocean Atlas underwater sculpture, an 18-foot (5.4 meters), 60-ton statue was recently deployed off the coast of Nassau in the Bahamas
09:05 Happy Arachtober: Spider Cthulhu» WIRED
Happy Arachtober: Spider Cthulhu

Hey, spiders are just trying to make a living. Sometimes in your house.

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09:05 Easily find top rated movies on Netflix» Boing Boing
What Is On Netflix? ranks movies based on ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB and presents a simple list. This will come in handy.
09:01 The Seed Lives Forever» Boing Boing
A short story by Ivan Hernandez concerning a sticky corpse and a feminist private investigator. Read the rest
09:00 It's Tyson Versus Tyson On The Tonight Show» Neatorama

Mike Tyson is one of the greatest boxers of all time, and his short but sweet career will forever be remembered as being controversial, powerful and the inspiration for a classic video game…sort of.

You see, Mike never fought sluggers like King Hippo and Don Flamenco in real life, so his career did nothing for his video game skills, and Mike probably had better things to do than fight himself on the NES.

(YouTube Link)

Jimmy Fallon challenged the former champ to a game of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! On The Tonight Show, to see if Tyson could beat Tyson on national television.

As anyone who has played Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! knows beating the big boss is no easy task, and the pixelated version proved to be more than a match for the real life version. Somebody get that man a Game Genie!

-Via BJ Penn

09:00 IRL: The OnePlus One is everything my iPhone wasn't» Engadget RSS Feed
After last month's iPhone event, I was disappointed -- I realized the iPhone 6 and its "Plus" sibling were still catching up to Android in a lot of ways. Regardless, the devoted iPhone fan in me still pre-ordered an iPhone 6 a few days later, in the...
08:59 YouTube now supports 60 frames per second» Boing Boing
More versatility for videographers in search of smooth performance, not least among them those recording video games and sports, where 60fps is the standard.
08:52 Nicely preserved teenage wooly mammoth carcass to be cloned into new wooly mammoths» Boing Boing
Photo: REUTERS. Yuka, a 39,000-year-old baby mammoth, was found with liquid blood in her veins, a positive sign for scientists wishing to study the animal's DNA.


Photo: REUTERS.
Yuka, a 39,000-year-old baby mammoth, was found with liquid blood in her veins, a positive sign for scientists wishing to study the animal's DNA.

A 40,000 year old teenage wooly mammoth "in surprisingly good shape" has gone on display in Moscow. Scientists want to bring her back to life, by cloning her DNA. Read the rest

08:48 Ratings: black-ish Rises, Stalker and Middle Slip, CW Dramas Eye Upticks» TVLine » TVLine
ABC’s black-ish this Wednesday drew 7.7 million total viewers and a 2.7 rating, up 13 percent in the demo week-to-week. Leading out of that, Nashville (5.6 mil/1.5) ticked up 4 percent and a tenth to match its best rating since Dec. 4 and tie Stalker in the demo for the first time, with both facing a Chicago […]
08:48 Colbert tackles Gamergate» Boing Boing

Feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian was Stephen Colbert's guest last night. Can you guess what they discussed? "One man, one joystick—it's right there in Sega Genesis"

08:46 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep – A graphic novel of Philip K. Dick’s original story that inspired Blade Runner» Boing Boing

This will take some ‘splaining. This is a series of 6 graphic novels based on the novel by Philip K. Dick that became the seminal movie Blade Runner.

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08:43 What is energy?» Boing Boing

As long as there's been a universe, there has been energy. But what is energy? The YouTube SciShow answers that in this short video from their “World's Most Asked Questions” series.

08:41 Neighbors unhappy about mothball-covered driveway» Boing Boing

A Florida woman covered her driveway with at least 400 mothballs in the hope that it will prevent dogs from crapping in her yard.

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08:41 Color palette generator for designers in a hurry» Boing Boing
coolors

Coolors is "the super fast color scheme generator for cool designers." Just hit the space bar to see a new palette, and get inspired. (more…)

08:37 How many people are on Tinder? A fuckload» Boing Boing
A team strategizes at the Tinder office in West Hollywood. Photo:  Kendrick Brinson for The New York Times


A team strategizes at the Tinder office in West Hollywood. Photo: Kendrick Brinson for The New York Times

An awful lot of love-hungry people use Tinder, and they use it intensely and compulsively. reports Nick Bilton in a New York Times profile. Read the rest

08:33 Leaks to US news media are as bad as terrorism, says new Defense directive» Boing Boing
"Unauthorized disclosures of classified information, leaks to the news media, acts of espionage, and certain other information security offenses are now to be collectively designated as 'serious security incidents,' according to a Department of Defense directive that was published this week." [FAS]
08:30 The Wrong Mouse - Food For Thought» Neatorama


The Wrong Mouse by Alberto Arni

Mickey was out wandering around the studio backlot and enjoying the sunshine when he wandered a bit too far. Suddenly set lots and trailers were replaced by shrubs and trees, and he heard menacing sounds coming from the greenery all around him. His years of acting hadn't prepared him to play the role he was born to play- a real life mouse. It's too bad they don't teach you stuff like that in acting school, or else he might have escaped becoming a snake's lunch!

Add a touch of dark cartoon comedy to your geeky wardrobe with this The Wrong Mouse t-shirt by Alberto Arni, and watch where you're walking!

Visit Alberto Arni's Facebook fan page, Tumblr and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more delightfully geeky designs:

Always AngryPowerpuff to the FutureBran Needs CookiesShaun Vs. Zombies

View more designs by Alberto Arni | More Funny T-shirts | New T-Shirts

Are you a professional illustrator or T-shirt designer? Let's chat! Sell your designs on the NeatoShop and get featured in front of tons of potential new fans on Neatorama!

08:30 The Martian Invasion of 1938» Neatorama

On October 30, 1938, Orson’s Welles presented an episode of the radio drama anthology The Mercury Theatre on the Air. The offering was an adaptation of H. G. Wells's 1898 novel The War of the Worlds. The broadcast went down in history, as there were some people who mistook the staged alien invasion for a news report. Neatoramanaut Ron Geraci’s mother remembers that broadcast from her childhood.

“I was little. If it was on Halloween in 1938, then I was four years old. I was little but I have some vivid memories from that night. We were in my grandparent’s farmhouse in Ferrell, New Jersey, and my grandmother and grandfather were listening to the radio as usual. Their names were Mary and George. They were my father’s parents. All of a sudden there was a lot of confusion in the house and the next thing I know we were down in the cellar. But it wasn’t a normal cellar, it was just a dug-out hole. It was all dirt. Not just the floor, everything was dirt. I don’t know what it was used for. I had never been down there before. I left that house in the fourth grade and I never went down there again. The house is still there.

“My grandpop didn’t tell us why he brought us down there, though I remember him saying something like ‘they were coming.’ It was dark except for one light, probably a gas lamp. I remember watching my grandparents talking while me and my little brother Billy sat there. Billy would have been about three. They couldn’t take the radio down there since there was no electricity, so it was quiet except for them talking. They were both telling us to be quiet, to not make any noise, though I don’t remember me or Billy saying anything.

But that’s only the beginning of the story. Her grandfather guarded the family with a shotgun, and they came up with an idea for protecting themselves from poison gas. Read the full story at The Minty Plum.-Thanks, Ron!

08:30 Slednecks Star Defends MTV's 'Crazy' New Series — Plus: An Explosive Clip» TVLine » TVLine
Following the premiere of MTV’s Slednecks (Thursday, 10/9c), Sarah Palin will be the last thing you associate with Wasilla, Alaska. From now on, it’ll be all about whale blubber, explosions and guys named Big Mike. RELATED Scream Ordered to Series at MTV The network’s latest docuseries follows 11 thrill-seeking Alaskan friends — think Laguna Beach meets Buckwild meets Frozen — as they work, party and just plain survive […]
08:30 Samsung's 3G-ready Gear S watch reaches the US November 7th» Engadget RSS Feed
Itching to strap Samsung's 3G-equipped Gear S smartwatch on your wrist? If you're in the US, you'll only have to wait one more week. The cellular-capable timepiece is now officially slated to reach American stores on November 7th, including Best Buy,...
08:24 FBI cut off internet to hotel room, posed as repair guys to record video without warrant» Boing Boing
Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas.


Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas.

FBI agents cut off Internet access to three luxury villas at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, then "impersonated repair technicians to surreptitiously get inside and collect evidence in an investigation of online sports betting," reports the AP. Said a lawyer for the defendants, "They were trying everything they could to get inside without a warrant." Read the rest

08:23 Drupal Warns Users of Mass, Automated Attacks On Critical Flaw» Slashdot
Trailrunner7 writes The maintainers of the Drupal content management system are warning users that any site owners who haven't patched a critical vulnerability in Drupal Core disclosed earlier this month should consider their sites to be compromised. The vulnerability, which became public on Oct. 15, is a SQL injection flaw in a Drupal module that's designed specifically to help prevent SQL injection attacks. Shortly after the disclosure of the vulnerability, attackers began exploiting it using automated attacks. One of the factors that makes this vulnerability so problematic is that it allows an attacker to compromise a target site without needing an account and there may be no trace of the attack afterward.

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08:22 Selfie from 1910s» Boing Boing
MNY42769

The selfie from 1909 post inspired this look at Joseph "Joe" Byron's selfies from 1909 and the following decade. Read the rest

08:04 China's Internet chief accuses U.S. of hacking but says talks 'unhindered'» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBEIJING (Reuters) - Eighty percent of Chinese government websites have been attacked by hackers, with most of the assaults launched from the United States, a top Chinese Internet regulator said on Thursday. Lu Wei, head of the State Internet Information Office, condemned the use of "superior technology to attack or steal secrets". But he described U.S.-China dialogue on cybersecurity as "unhindered", less than a week after the talks appeared to have stalled. Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechi told U.S. ...


08:00 Revenge Sneak Peek: Victoria Loses Her Cool During David's Big TV Interview» TVLine » TVLine
Victoria Grayson may talk a big game — especially while wielding a shotgun — but as you’ll see in TVLine’s exclusive first look at Sunday’s Revenge (10/9c), the former Hamptons queen knows her modest house of cards could topple at any minute. RELATED Revenge Recap: Public Relations As David prepares to tell his story on national television in the […]
08:00 This App Uses Your Neighbors’ Phones to Find Your Lost Pet» WIRED
This App Uses Your Neighbors’ Phones to Find Your Lost Pet

Pawscout's connected pet ID tag and free app will help you track down your lost pet.

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08:00 Romanian Headmaster Is Still Hanging Around School Long After His Death» Neatorama

Private school headmasters often keep their jobs for a really long time, sometimes to the point where they feel like they’ve spent their whole life in school.

Alexandru Grigore Poescu spent fifty years as teacher and headmaster of the Puchenii Mosneni Elementary School in Romania, and when he passed away in the 1960s he left his skeleton to the school, so his kids could use it in their science classes.

(YouTube Link)

Health officials recently decided the skeleton was a risk to student health, so they took it away to have it specially treated, which caused a wave of outrage from students and teachers who felt like they were taking away a friend.

The skeleton was promptly replaced in a protective glass case, and the story of the skeletal headmaster was shared with the world, which proves that some educators make an impact on their students long after their death!

-Via RT

08:00 Google makes Play Books more student friendly» Engadget RSS Feed
Google's latest Play Books update for Android makes the app a lot easier to use for reading non-fiction e-books. See, Play Books is perfect if you're just reading something from cover to cover. But if you're using it to read text or reference books...
07:40 *Copyright Redux*» Boing Boing
A sestina for free culture by William Carleton, who writes that "the form itself, where the same six words are repeated in each stanza, lends itself to the subject of copying and transformative use." Read the rest
07:31 NASA finds the smoking crater left by its crashed dust probe» Engadget RSS Feed
NASA just spotted a needle in a haystack: the remains of the lunar dust probe LADEE, which was deliberately crashed into the dark side of the moon last year. The satellite was launched from Wallops Island a year ago to determine if lunar dust tends...
07:30 College Soccer Player Not Bad at Basketball» Neatorama

(YouTube link)

Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, offered $10,000 in tuition for performing an amazing basketball stunt: sink a layup, free throw, three-pointer, and a half-court shot, all within 30 seconds. Gustavo Angel Tamayo, a soccer player for the Lions, won the opportunity to try it. Tamayo grew up in England, and never played on a basketball team. Watch him rush through all four shots, ending with a Hail Mary toss from half court -and the crowd goes wild!

"It's just football [soccer], that's all I do," he said. "And I had a broken finger on my left hand."

Tamayo is a senior and his tuition is already paid, so he will take the prize money in cash. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

07:21 New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight» Slashdot
Ever thought that all those crash-test dummies getting slammed around in slow-motion were reflecting an unrealistic, hard-to-achieve body image? One company is acting to change that, with some super-sized (or right-sized) dummies more in line with current American body shapes: Plymouth, Michigan-based company Humanetics said that it has been manufacturing overweight crash test dummies to reflect growing obesity trends in the U.S. Humanetics has been the pioneer in crash test dummies segment since the 1950s. But now, the company's crash test dummies are undergoing a makeover, which will represent thicker waistlines and large rear ends of Americans.

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07:21 Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal» Slashdot
SmartAboutThings writes If somehow you missed the reports of Lenovo buying Motorola – which was also bought by Google for $12.5 billion back in 2011 – then you should know that the deal is now complete. Lenovo has announced today that Motorola is now a Lenovo company — which makes Lenovo not only the number one PC maker in the world but also the third-largest smartphone maker.

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07:21 Australian Gov't Tries To Force Telcos To Store User Metadata For 2 Years» Slashdot
AlbanX writes The Australian Government has introduced a bill that would require telecommunications carriers and service providers to retain the non-content data of Australian citizens for two years so it can be accessed — without a warrant- by local law enforcement agencies. Despite tabling the draft legislation into parliament, the bill doesn't actually specify the types of data the Government wants retained. The proposal has received a huge amount of criticism from the telco industry, other members of parliament and privacy groups. (The Sydney Morning Herald has some audio of discussion about the law.)

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07:18 Vlad the Impaler: The Real Dracula's Dark Secrets » LiveScience.com
A few facts help explain how the real Dracula earned such a nasty reputation.
07:07 Hurricane Gonzalo Stirs Up Miles of Sediment Around Bermuda (Photo)» LiveScience.com
Hurricane Gonzalo hit Bermuda earlier this month, stirring up miles of calcium carbonate sediment that forms the foundation of the island.
07:01 Ebola 'Patient Zero': How Outbreak Started from Single Child» LiveScience.com
When Ebola virus hit a small village in Guinea for the first time, the victim was just a toddler, who later became known to the world as Patient Zero.
07:00 The Invention of the Equals Sign» WIRED
The Invention of the Equals Sign

The use of ‘=’ to mean ‘equals’ is one of those minor advances in mathematics that we take for granted. It’s so small that we don’t really think about it. But Joseph Mazur, the author of Enlightening Symbols A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers, has thought about ‘=’ as well as […]

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07:00 Prison Life Hacks That Would Make MacGyver Proud» Neatorama

If there’s one thing MacGyver proved again and again on his hit TV show it’s that he can't be tied up for long, especially if there’s a stick of gum and a battery laying around.

He made escaping captivity look like child’s play, but in real life very few prisoners ever make grand escapes, despite what movies and TV shows would have you believe.

Since they’re stuck in prison for the duration of their sentence prisoners have to become MacGyverish in their own right, to bring some of the comforts of home to their cell.

Got a battery, some tape and a bit of wire? You’ve got the makings of a lighter, and if you combine fire with a roll of TP you can make your own in-cell stove

The TP is rolled into a cylinder, folded in at the ends, and lit so it burns from the inside out. That slows it down and intensifies the heat. Inmates hold their undercooked meal above the flame, and voila, you can get it as hot and crispy as you like. 

Want to learn more tricks created by cons? Read 7+ MacGyver Tricks People Have Learned In Prison here

06:57 Tim Cook proud to be gay» Boing Boing
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In an editorial published at Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains that he is gay. Read the rest

06:57 LG slims smartphone bezels to a virtually non-existent 0.7mm» Engadget RSS Feed
You might talk about how much you hate large bezels, but LG is actually doing something about it. It just unveiled a 5.3-inch, 1080p LCD display with 0.7mm bezels, less than the width of a credit card. The Korean company said they're the world's...
06:49 Sneaky Jays Look and Listen to Steal From Others» WIRED
Sneaky Jays Look and Listen to Steal From Others

In a new study, Rachael Shaw, of Victoria University of Wellington, and Nicola Clayton, of the University of Cambridge, tested whether Eurasian jays can recall and use both visual and auditory information when stealing other birds' caches.

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06:48 Why Flu Strikes in Winter» LiveScience.com
Winter is almost here, and that means a likely increase in people falling ill from flu. But why is flu season in winter anyway?
06:45 Tim Cook Tells the World ‘I’m Proud to Be Gay’» WIRED
Tim Cook Tells the World ‘I’m Proud to Be Gay’

Tim Cook has taken a major step toward breaking what many call "the glass closet," openly admitting in a new personal essay that he's "proud to be gay."

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06:37 Google's Cancer-Detecting Nanoparticles: Are There Drawbacks? » LiveScience.com
Google is developing nanoparticles that the company hopes will catch early signs of disease, but are there potential drawbacks to the technology?
06:30 15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About A Nightmare on Elm Street» Neatorama

Wes Craven’s 1984 horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street became an instant classic- not particularly because of the cerebral plot or the sublime acting, but because of the terrifying villain Freddy Krueger. Not only is he a killer, but weare all vulnerable to the monster because we all sleep -although after watching the movie, we tend to stay awake for as long as possible. Even if you’ve seen Elm Street quite a few times in the past thirty years, there are some behind-the-scenes trivia you might not know, like

2. The movie was inspired by real-life events.

Craven decided to make A Nightmare on Elm Street after reading a series of L.A. Times articles about a group of teenage Khmer immigrants who, after moving to the U.S. from refugee camps, died in their sleep after suffering from disturbing nightmares.

4. Freddy’s sweater is scientifically scary.

Craven designed Freddy’s striped sweater after reading in Scientific American that the human eye has difficulty recognizing those particular shades of red and green side by side. Therefore, looking at it is subliminally unsettling.

Relive the glorious memories of the first time you met Freddy Krueger while reading the rest of this trivia list at mental_floss.

06:14 Tim Cook says he's 'proud to be gay'» Engadget RSS Feed
Tim Cook has long topped lists as the "most powerful" gay person in the world, and today he's publicly addressed his sexuality for the first time. "Throughout my professional life, I've tried to maintain a basic level of privacy," the Apple CEO says...
06:13 MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey» Slashdot
MarkWhittington writes Professor Richard Binzel published a commentary in the journal Nature that called for two things. He proposed that NASA cancel the Asteroid Redirect Mission currently planned for the early 2020s. Instead, he would like the asteroid survey mandated by the George E. Brown, Jr. Near-Earth Object Survey Act of 2005, part of the 2005 NASA Authorization Act, funded at $200 million a year. Currently NASA funds the survey at $20 million a year, considered inadequate to complete the identification of 90 percent of hazardous near-Earth objects 140 meters or greater by 2020 as mandated by the law.

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06:13 Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes Scientists of the Northeastern University, in collaboration with European scientists, developed a modeling approach aimed at assessing the progression of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and its international spread under the assumption that the outbreak continues to evolve at the current pace. They also considered the impact of travel restrictions, and concluded that such restrictions may delay by only a few weeks the risk that the outbreak extends to new countries. Instead, travel bans could hamper the delivery of medical supplies and the deployment of specialized personnel to manage the epidemic. In the group's page, there's also an updated assessment of the probability of Ebola virus disease case importation in countries across the world, which was also invoked during the Congressional Ebola debate. The group also released a map with real-time tracking of conversations about Ebola on Twitter. Policy makers and first responders are the main target audience of the tool, which is able to show a series of potential warnings and events (mostly unconfirmed) related to Ebola spreading and case importation.

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06:08 Alibaba plays trademark card to protect lead as China's $8 billion e-commerce spree nears» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Employees work at an Alibaba Group warehouse on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang provinceBEIJING (Reuters) - A trademark spat between Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and rival JD.com flared into public view after JD published an Alibaba letter urging publishers to be careful about advertising in promotions for China's annual "Singles' Day" spree, the world's largest online shopping day. In the letter, dated Oct. 16 and published on Thursday on a JD social media account, Alibaba's Tmall.com marketplace warned Chinese publishers against running ads with the "Double Eleven" motif that are not official Alibaba promotions. ...


06:01 UK military slang from Afghanistan» Boing Boing


"ALLY Term for a battlefield fashionista - desirables include having a beard, using a different rifle, carrying vast amounts of ammunition, being dusty and having obscene amounts of tattoos and hair. Special forces are automatically Ally." Read the rest

06:00 This Video Proves Street Harassment Is Alive And Well In NYC» Neatorama

There are always battles brewing about what is and isn’t considered racist, classist, or sexist, but those that argue for either side of the issue have a hard time presenting concrete evidence to prove their case.

Well, it turns out all you need to do to prove sexism is alive and well on New York City sidewalks is walk around as a woman for a full day and record all the ridiculous remarks that come your way with a hidden camera.

(YouTube Link)

That’s what actress Shoshana Roberts and filmmaker Rob Bliss did in an effort to raise awareness about street harassment in NYC, and the results of their social experiment are shocking to say the least.

Ever feel like you didn’t get those catcalling construction worker comedy sketches? That’s probably because you don’t live in New York City!

-Via Cheezburger

06:00 Any.do adds collaboration, sharing features to its to-do app» Engadget RSS Feed
Productivity-focused app Any.do, which is available on iOS, Android and the web, has gained popularity largely because, well, it helps people get things done. But, with households and businesses being about more than just one particular user, the...
05:57 Channel Master tempts cord-cutters by adding YouTube to its subscription-free DVR» Engadget RSS Feed
Let's imagine that you want to cut the cord, but still want to watch local OTA programming. If you want a DVR with online features, you've only really got the option of buying TiVo's Roamio OTA. Unfortunately, that device comes with a $15 per month...
05:49 100K Hungarians march against Internet tax» Boing Boing


When Hungary's government announced a per-megabyte tax on Internet traffic, people were pissed; a week later, 100,000 people took to the streets to let Prime Minister Viktor Orbán know how they felt about the proposal. Read the rest

05:31 What Can You Do With All That Halloween Candy?» WIRED
What Can You Do With All That Halloween Candy?

Could burning the calories from your Halloween candy charge your smart phone?

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05:30 Your Pumpkin Can Also Be A Disco Light» Neatorama

Ready to party this Halloween? Then head over to Homes and Hues, where you can learn how to make a fun disco ball with nothing more than a pumpkin, a flashlight, string and either a screwdriver or a drill. The effect is particularly cool if you happen to have access to a flashlight with a strobe effect on it.

Learn how to make your own cool light over at Homes and Hues: Ready Your Home For Halloween With This Cool Pumpkin Disco Ball

05:20 Fox Sports Go comes to Windows Phone» Engadget RSS Feed
If there's one downside to being a sports fan, it's that you can't take your HDTV with you wherever you go. Like, for instance, you get a lot of weird looks if you try and watch a 40-inch plasma while trying to buy groceries down at the local market....
05:16 Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast Baffle Archaeologists» LiveScience.com
Huge stone circles called Big Circles that dot some parts of the Mideast have been imaged from above, revealing details of the long-mysterious structures. They are at least 2,000 years old, though archaeologists don't know why they were built.
05:16 Peshmerga troops enter Kobane to fight ISIL» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
First batch of Iraqi Kurdish fighters arrive in besieged Syria town from Turkey border crossing, rights watchdog says.
05:00 20 Incredible Photos of a World Too Tiny to See» WIRED
20 Incredible Photos of a World Too Tiny to See

The winner's of Nikon's annual Small World microscope photography contest this year include images of transgenic kidneys, a cricket's tongue, spider eyes, and a scarlet pimpernel. The first-place photograph was chosen out of more than 1,200 entries from 79 different countries. Rogelio Moreno, a computer programmer and self-taught microscopist from Panama, managed to capture an image of a tiny creature known as a rotifer with its mouth open.

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05:00 Lemp Mansion: Tales of a Cursed Family and Their Haunted House» Neatorama

Funeral procession of William Lemp Jr. in front of the Lemp Mansion, 1922 | Source

Often, when a structure or area is rumored to be haunted, the explanation offered is a chapter from local folklore. A beautiful, Native American princess was said to be murdered by a warring tribe there. “Legend has it” that star-crossed lovers were killed on the spot. A cemetery may have occupied an area near the grounds. The reasons offered for the paranormal activity are as nebulous as the reported ghosts.

Yet the story of a mansion in St. Louis, Missouri, a property declared in a 1970 issue of Life magazine to be one of the nine most haunted places in America, is no undocumented tale. In fact, the Lemp family, one of nineteenth-century beer barons, was plagued with as many suicides and untimely deaths as they were blessed with wealth and power. So much so, that many Lemps believed their family was cursed.

A BREWING DYNASTY IS BORN
Johann Adam Lemp left Eschwege, Germany to try his luck in America. He settled in St. Louis in 1838, opening a grocery store in which he sold beer that he brewed himself from a family recipe. By 1840, demand for Lemp’s beer became so great that he closed the grocery store and established Western Brewery.

The beer of German immigrants such as Lemp was new to America, as it was lager. The term is derived from the German “lagern,” meaning “to rest” or “to store.” Lemp, like other German brewers who moved to St. Louis, did so primarily due to a large system of limestone caves that ran for miles underneath the city streets. Lemp bought a property above a natural cave, in which he stored and aged his lager. In this time before refrigeration, the cave was a perfect, cool environment for the task, made cooler by ice blocks carved from the frozen Mississippi River. Adam was the first brewer in St. Louis to manufacture this light, effervescent beer called lager, and its appeal was not lost on the citizenry.

By 1860, Adam Lemp was a leader in St. Louis beer brewing. He brought his only son William into the business, who proved to be an even more astute businessman than his father. When Adam died in 1862, William was there to ensure the business would continue to prosper.

04:45 It's official: Lenovo owns Motorola» Engadget RSS Feed
The cash has been handed over, the contracts are signed and the lawyers are sipping champagne, which can only mean that Lenovo's deal to buy Motorola has been completed. The purchase makes Lenovo the world's third-largest smartphone maker, and the...
04:43 Photos: Aerial Images Reveal Mysterious 'Big Circles' in Middle East» LiveScience.com
Huge stone circles discovered by air in the Middle East have been imaged with high resolution, revealing their age and other intriguing details. Here's a look at the "Big Circles," which have puzzled scientists for decades.
04:35 EE flips the switch on its faster 4G network in London» Engadget RSS Feed
EE's been conducting closed trials of LTE-Advanced technology since last year, so imagine the red faces when Vodafone reported earlier this month that its own faster 4G network was about to go live in three cities. EE's now being forced to play...
04:25 Flipboard gets a makeover and thousands of new topics» Engadget RSS Feed
The folks at Flipboard must have been crazy busy these past months: the company has just unleashed a huge update for its iOS and Android apps, a few weeks after it finally released an app for Windows Phone. This update gives the digital...
04:00 Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal» WIRED
Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal

Researchers had tried for 23 years to connect this piece of metal to Amelia Earhart's disappearance. They finally think they've proven it was part of her plane.

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04:00 This Simple Strip of Paper Can Detect the Ebola Virus» Neatorama


(Photo: Wyss Institute/Harvard University)

There is now a great need to test large numbers of people for the Ebola virus. James J. Collins and his colleagues at Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biological Inspired Engineering have developed a simple tool that can help do that. It's a strip of paper embedded with chemicals that change colors when exposed to Ebola. Douglas McCormick of IEEE Spectrum reports:

It took them less than a day to produce a slip of paper that can detect the Ebola virus. Armed only with that slip and smartphone camera, a healthcare worker in the field could know within two hours—and sometimes in as little as 20 minutes—whether a patient is infected or not. And the doctor, nurse, or volunteer could do this without advanced skills, extensive sample preparation, expensive reagents, laboratory instruments, or even refrigeration.

-via Ian Chant

03:33 Google releases its souped-up bookmarks manager for Chrome... again» Engadget RSS Feed
We've caught glimpses of Google's new image-rich bookmarks system for Chrome a couple of times in the past, and now it's back with a new name, but not much in the way of new features. The extension formerly known as Google Stars is now simply (and...
03:30 6 Expert Tricks for Getting the Best Candy This Halloween» WIRED
6 Expert Tricks for Getting the Best Candy This Halloween

Your kids may be content with a few fun-size Snickers and tiny boxes of Nerds, but if you're looking for quality candy and lots of it, you need a PhD-level strategy. So we talked to a bunch of academics to create this greed-is-good guide to landing more loot.

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03:30 We’d Sell a Kidney for One of These Vintage British Motorcycles» WIRED
We’d Sell a Kidney for One of These Vintage British Motorcycles

Classic British motorcycles from the collection of a Texas lawyer are going up for auction.

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03:30 This Fiery Tool Finishes Your Meat With a Blast of Heat» WIRED
This Fiery Tool Finishes Your Meat With a Blast of Heat

The Searzall is a baffle that fits over the business end of a blowtorch to spread out the heat, turning your BernzOmatic torch into a handheld broiler.

The post This Fiery Tool Finishes Your Meat With a Blast of Heat appeared first on WIRED.








03:30 Sliders, Knobs, and Dials That Give Your Tablet a Physical Interface» WIRED
Sliders, Knobs, and Dials That Give Your Tablet a Physical Interface

Touchscreen devices have a serious deficiency of tactility. These magnetic metal controls, created by Florian Born, sit on top of screens and replace virtual knobs and dials with real ones.

The post Sliders, Knobs, and Dials That Give Your Tablet a Physical Interface appeared first on WIRED.








03:30 Movie House» WIRED
Movie House

Kaleidescape's Cinema One movie server provides seamless access to your entire Blu-ray collection. Unfortunately, one major limitation means it's more of an expensive indulgence, not a must-have device for videophiles.

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03:30 Cape Watch: Marvel Takes Over the World, Lets White Guys Take a Breather» WIRED
Cape Watch: Marvel Takes Over the World, Lets White Guys Take a Breather

Thanks to Avengers: Age of Ultron's teaser trailer and a certain Tuesday morning press conference—sorry, "special event"—you could be forgiven for thinking that this week has proven it's Marvel Studios' world, and we're just living in it. That's not to say other studios haven't been doing their thing too. But really it has pretty much been Marvel's world recently. Just try not to piss off Thanos and you'll be fine. Here are the highlights of the week's superhero movie news.

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03:30 These Creepy Lego Creations Are Definitely Not Kid-Friendly» WIRED
These Creepy Lego Creations Are Definitely Not Kid-Friendly

When Mike Doyle published the anthology volume Beautiful LEGO last year, he wrote that "this book is a small collection of some of the impressive models that I have come across in my time." From all appearances, he's had a busy year since, because he's already back with a sequel that embraces the darker side of everyone's favorite brick-based artform.

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03:30 How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and Read Online» WIRED
How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and Read Online

Given that links appear to be more clickable when shared on Facebook, online publishers have scrambled to become savvy gamers of Facebook’s News Feed, seeking to divine the secret rules that push some stories higher than others. But all this genuflection at the altar of Facebook’s algorithms may be but a prelude to a more fundamental shift in how content is produced, shared, and consumed online. Instead of going to all this trouble to get people to click a link on Facebook that takes them somewhere else, the future of Internet content may be a world in which no video, article, or cat GIF gallery lives outside of Facebook at all.

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03:30 America’s Polling Places Desperately Need a Redesign» WIRED
America’s Polling Places Desperately Need a Redesign

Retail designers have resources to exhaustively plan, prototype, and field test every detail before opening day. We should apply the same thinking to voting places.

The post America’s Polling Places Desperately Need a Redesign appeared first on WIRED.








03:30 Science Graphic of the Week: How Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain» WIRED
Science Graphic of the Week: How Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain

A new way of looking at the mind's activity may give insight into how psychedelic drugs produce their consciousness-altering effects.

The post Science Graphic of the Week: How Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain appeared first on WIRED.








03:28 London police raise privacy hackles with gang violence software» Engadget RSS Feed
London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has completed a 20-week study in a bid to more accurately predict whether specific gang members are likely to commit violence. The software, developed by Accenture, pulls data together from systems already...
03:05 West Africans 'abused' in New York over Ebola» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
African body says children bullied at school and businesses hit due to 'ignorance and panic' around the killer virus.
03:00 Millennial Horror Story» Neatorama

(YouTube link)

A thoroughly modern horror film shows us what really instills fear into the hearts of young adults. You know you’ve stepped into another dimension when there’s suddenly …no cell service! The spoof from Paul Gale Comedy contains NSFW language. -via Time 

02:58 Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records» Slashdot
Presto Vivace writes H-1B records that are critical to research and take up a small amount of storage are set for deletion. "In a notice posted last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said that records used for labor certification, whether in paper or electronic, 'are temporary records and subject to destruction' after five years, under a new policy. There was no explanation for the change, and it is perplexing to researchers. The records under threat are called Labor Condition Applications (LCA), which identify the H-1B employer, worksite, the prevailing wage, and the wage paid to the worker. The cost of storage can't be an issue for the government's $80 billion IT budget: A full year's worth of LCA data is less than 1GB."

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02:00 Come With Me...If You Want To Die - Sandman's Little Sister» Neatorama


Come With Me... If You Want To Die by Saqman

She's got a smile that warms your heart, and a personality that seems unusually chipper given her lot in life, but when she asks you to take her hand and come with her you should know that you're already dead. Unlike the reapers of old this Death doesn't scare newly dead souls into submission, she'd rather take a kinder approach to showing you the ropes. She was with you when you were born, she'll be with you when you pass on, so don't take her hand until your time has come!

Share your love of classic comic book literature with the world, wear this Come With Me...If You Want To Die t-shirt by Saqman and show your fellow geeks what they should be reading!

Visit Saqman's Facebook fan page and official website, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more fantastically geeky designs:

An Endless DreamSean InsistsGiant Size DoctorsHan's Revenge

View more designs by Saqman | More Funny T-shirts | New T-Shirts

Are you a professional illustrator or T-shirt designer? Let's chat! Sell your designs on the NeatoShop and get featured in front of tons of potential new fans on Neatorama!

02:00 Square Roots» Neatorama

(Photo: question_ev3rything)

Redditor question_ev3rything spotted this amazing tree root formation in Guangzhou, China. The persistent tree has pushed its away into the orderly, grid-lined human world.

A very patient artist could use this phenomenon to grow some impressive works of art.

-via Twisted Sifter

01:00 The Doctor Who Starved Her Patients to Death» Neatorama

Dr. Linda Hazzard ran the Institute of Natural Therapeutics in Olalla, Washington, in the early 20th century. People looked to her clinic for alternative medical care, which mainly consisted of fasting as a cure-all.

Despite little formal training and a lack of a medical degree, she was licensed by the state of Washington as a “fasting specialist.” Her methods, while not entirely unique, were extremely unorthodox. Hazzard believed that the root of all disease lay in food—specifically, too much of it. “Appetite is Craving; Hunger is Desire. Craving is never satisfied; but Desire is relieved when Want is supplied,” she wrote in her self-published 1908 book Fasting for the Cure of Disease. The path to true health, Hazzard wrote, was to periodically let the digestive system “rest” through near-total fasts of days or more. During this time, patients consumed only small servings of vegetable broth, their systems “flushed” with daily enemas and vigorous massages that nurses said sometimes sounded more like beatings.

An extended stay at the Institute was only affordable to those who were well-off, and only desirable to those who were desperate to improve their health. But when Claire Williamson died while staying with Hazzard, her childhood nurse came to investigate and found that Claire had only weighed 50 pounds when she died. Furthermore, she’d left her estate to Hazzard. And Claire’s sister Dora was still at the facility. It then came to light that Claire wasn’t the first patient to die under Hazzard’s care. Read the story of the “doctor,” her bigamist husband, the mortuary that may have been in cahoots with them, and the sister held prisoner, at Smithsonian.

00:57 The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time» Slashdot
bmahersciwriter writes Citation is the common way that scientists nod to the important and foundational work that preceded their own and the number of times a particular paper is cited is often used as a rough measure of its impact. So what are the most highly cited papers in the past century plus of scientific research? Is it the determination of DNA's structure? The identification of rapid expansion in the Universe? No. The top 100 most cited papers are actually a motley crew of methods, data resources and software tools that through usability, practicality and a little bit of luck have propelled them to the top of an enormous corpus of scientific literature.

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00:40 Analog wrist watch can call emergency numbers even without a phone» Engadget RSS Feed
There are some smartwatches out there like Will.i.am's Puls that can make voice calls without having to connect to a phone. But have you ever heard of an analog watch with the same capability? No? Well, now you will: the GPS-equipped Limmex emergency...
00:00 This Self-Stabilizing Boat’s Deck Stays Level, Even in Rough Water» Neatorama


(Photo: Josh Valcarcel/Wired)

This is the Martini 1.5, an innovative boat design by Velodyne Marine. As it whips across the waves at high speed, the deck remains level. That's because the Martini has an active suspension system that adjusts as the pontoons rise and fall. The boat can stay level in 5.5-foot waves at speeds of up to 30 MPH. Alex Davies of Wired explains how it works:

Each corner, where the arm meets the hull, has a linear accelerometer, a pneumatic airbag, and a DC servo motor. To match the movement of the ocean, detected by the accelerometer, the motor turns a ball screw that pushes or pulls the control arm, lowering and raising that end of the hull as necessary.

Velodyne is working on a model that will have two larger hulls closer together, but working independently. This will permit the boat to carry a much larger cabin.


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Wed 29 October, 2014

23:01 Movie theaters ban Google Glass and other camera-toting wearables» Engadget RSS Feed
Many individual American movie theaters are already hostile to guests who use wearables like Google Glass, and they've now made that opposition official on a national level. Both the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association...
23:00 'Tis the Season for Tons of Horror Webcomics» Neatorama



Thisi09 article hooks readers up with "tons of horror webcomics" to keep bones chilled and blood curdled. "From post-apocalyptic epics filled with monsters to anthologies packed with serial killers, alien invaders, and nightmares come to life, here is something for every sort of horror fan." 

Image: Zombiehunters / Jenny Romanchuk

22:28 How to Keep Race Horses Fracture Free» LiveScience.com
In elite racehorses, biology is pushed to the limit, it’s not surprising then that injuries most commonly occur where the highest loads are generated.
22:17 Factbox: Midterm elections' impact on U.S. energy, environment agenda» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The 2014 U.S. mid-term elections could shake up Congress in the midst of two major transformations in energy and environmental policy. A boom in the production of shale oil and gas has turned the United States into an energy superpower, putting the country on course to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest oil producer. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has moved ahead with its Climate Action Plan, a strategy to use regulations to address global warming without action from Congress. ...
22:06 Big Data is Transforming Sports» LiveScience.com
The field of “big data” analytics has come to sport and athletics, with massive implications for sport as we know it.
22:02 With selfies and listicles, U.S. politicians go vote-hunting on social media» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From viral videos to selfies, listicles and "throwback Thursday" photos, candidates in the Nov. 4 midterm elections are leaving no social media stone unturned. Where a 2010 gubernatorial or congressional campaign could proudly claim an active presence on Twitter as something almost fashion-forward, in 2014 a multifaceted digital strategy is seen as a prerequisite, even if little research exists to show how much online politicking translates into votes. Virtually all candidates are on Twitter and Facebook. ...
22:01 'OK Google' voice commands bound for even more third-party apps» Engadget RSS Feed
Google wants even third-party Android apps to be able to do searches using "Ok, Google" voice commands, so it's now making it easier for developers to integrate the feature. Now, all devs have to do is add a few lines of code to their...
21:44 Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data» Slashdot
hazeii writes Though legal proceedings following the Snowden revelations, Liberty UK have succeeded in forcing GCHQ to reveal secret internal policies allowing Britain's intelligence services to receive unlimited bulk intelligence from the NSA and other foreign agencies and to keep this data on a massive searchable databases, all without a warrant. Apparently, British intelligence agencies can "trawl through foreign intelligence material without meaningful restrictions", and can keep copies of both content and metadata for up to two years. There is also mention of data obtained "through US corporate partnerships". According to Liberty, this raises serious doubts about oversight of the UK Intelligence and Security Committee and their reassurances that in every case where GCHQ sought information from the US, a warrant for interception signed by a minister was in place. Eric King, Deputy Director of Privacy international, said: "We now know that data from any call, internet search, or website you visited over the past two years could be stored in GCHQ's database and analyzed at will, all without a warrant to collect it in the first place. It is outrageous that the Government thinks mass surveillance, justified by secret 'arrangements' that allow for vast and unrestrained receipt and analysis of foreign intelligence material is lawful. This is completely unacceptable, and makes clear how little transparency and accountability exists within the British intelligence community."

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21:28 FAA to drone pilots: fly near big sports events and face prison time» Engadget RSS Feed
If you have dreams of recording your own aerial footage of a baseball game using a drone, you'll want to put them on ice. The FAA has issued a warning to all pilots that they'll be fined or imprisoned if they fly remote-controlled aircraft too close...
21:13 Ridesharing company Uber gains ground in Las Vegas courtroom» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

An illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi signLAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The ridesharing company Uber gained ground in Las Vegas Wednesday when a District Court judge ruled against a restraining order that would have temporarily prohibited it from operating in Clark County, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Taxi drivers around the world have urged lawmakers to regulate or ban such services, which allow users to use apps on their smartphones to hire a private driver, rather than calling a taxi company. ...


21:01 Flipboard Finally Ditches Its iPad Roots With a Smarter Phone App» WIRED
Flipboard Finally Ditches Its iPad Roots With a Smarter Phone App

Flipboard may have been the original iPad magazine, but now it's making its app smarter for its growing smartphone audience.

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21:00 29 Web Ads Ruined by Extremely Unfortunate Placement» Neatorama

Do you trust a computer program to determine where your ad goes online in order to maximize its visability?

Well, considering how many companies have human-generated public relations disasters, maybe it's not a bad idea. Still, sometimes ad placements go over poorly. 22 Words has screenshots of 29 web ad placement failures.

20:00 Which Halloween Candy is the Least Healthy to Eat?» Neatorama

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This animation by Daniella Urdinlaiz supplies information about popular candies containing ingredients that are more harmful to the body than others. In watching it, I learned what I could have guessed before I pressed play: if I like it, it's most likely on the "worst" list. Isn't that pretty much the way it goes? Oh well. Scary, dangerous edibles fit right in with Halloween theme. -Via Laughing Squid

19:38 Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds» Slashdot
jyosim writes On Tuesday, Internet2 announced that it will let researchers create and connect to their own private data clouds on the high-speed network (mainly used by colleges), within which they will be able to conduct research across disciplines and experiment on the nature of the Internet. The private cloud is thanks to a $10-million grant from the NSF. "They will have complete visibility into [the clouds] so they can really treat this as a scientific instrument and not a black box," the project's lead investigator told The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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19:00 Pineapple Jack-o'-Lantern» Neatorama

This pineapple looks much more frightening than an ordinary jack-o'-lantern! Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing saw it at a Trader Vic's in Portland, Oregon. It would be great for a Halloween party with a Tiki theme.

-via Make

18:50 Knit brain hats» Boing Boing

Pandora Wilson in Las Vegas will make you a custom knit brain hat -- also comes in grey and baby).

(via Geekymerch)

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18:32 Imagining the Future History of Climate Change» Slashdot
HughPickens.com writes "The NYT reports that Naomi Oreskes, a historian of science at Harvard University, is attracting wide notice these days for a work of science fiction called "The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View From the Future," that takes the point of view of a historian in 2393 explaining how "the Great Collapse of 2093" occurred. "Without spoiling the story," Oreskes said in an interview, "I can tell you that a lot of what happens — floods, droughts, mass migrations, the end of humanity in Africa and Australia — is the result of inaction to very clear warnings" about climate change caused by humans." Dramatizing the science in ways traditional nonfiction cannot, the book reasserts the importance of scientists and the work they do and reveals the self-serving interests of the so called "carbon combustion complex" that have turned the practice of science into political fodder. Oreskes argues that scientists failed us, and in a very particular way: They failed us by being too conservative. Scientists today know full well that the "95 percent confidence limit" is merely a convention, not a law of the universe. Nonetheless, this convention, the historian suggests, leads scientists to be far too cautious, far too easily disrupted by the doubt-mongering of denialists, and far too unwilling to shout from the rooftops what they all knew was happening. "Western scientists built an intellectual culture based on the premise that it was worse to fool oneself into believing in something that did not exist than not to believe in something that did." Why target scientists in particular in this book? Simply because a distant future historian would target scientists too, says Oreskes. "If you think about historians who write about the collapse of the Roman Empire, or the collapse of the Mayans or the Incans, it's always about trying to understand all of the factors that contributed," Oreskes says. "So we felt that we had to say something about scientists.""

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18:32 Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes Google today announced it will be hosting the second iteration of its Project Ara Module Developers Conference for its modular device project early next year. The first event will be in Mountain View on January 14, 2015, with satellite locations at Google offices in New York City, Buenos Aires, and London. The same agenda will be repeated in Singapore on January 21, 2015, with satellite locations at Google offices in Bangalore, Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai. The company also released a video showing off the first prototype from Project Ara. Until now, all we've seen so far are industrial design models. This one actually boots up.

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18:13 Naver third quarter profit up 88 percent as chat app Line lifts overseas sales» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
By Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Naver Corp , South Korea's top internet portal operator, reported an annual 88 percent rise in operating profit for July-September, mostly in line with expectations as Japan-based chat app subsidiary Line Corp continued to fuel growth. Line reported net sales of 208.5 billion won ($198.0 million), up 57.1 percent from a year earlier, buoyed by brisk sales of games and "stickers," or special emoticons. For July-September, Naver reported an operating profit of 189 billion won, compared with a mean estimate of 201 billion won, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...
18:11 Televisa launches new fixed-line phone, internet deal» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
By Elinor Comlay and Tomás Sarmiento MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Grupo Televisa is launching a new fixed-price package for an unlimited home-phone and internet service in an effort to snap up customers from billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil . The package, which combines broadband with unlimited calls to fixed lines and mobiles within Mexico, the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe, will launch in Mexico City next month, vice president for telecommunications Adolfo Lagos told Reuters in an interview. ...
18:00 The Difference Between Foods» Neatorama

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The difference between fruits and vegetables depends on whether you are talking to a botanist or a cook, but Daven at Today I Found Out gives us a decent short course in telling the difference. He also explains the difference between jelly and jam, kosher salt and table salt, and the different colors of pepper. What blew my mind was the difference between green olives and black olives. I thought they were different kinds of olives! Personally, I much prefer the taste of green olives. -Thanks, Daven!

17:28 CERN Looking For Help Filling In the Gaps In Photo Archive» Slashdot
rHBa writes According to the BBC scientists at the European nuclear research center CERN have uncovered an archive of images from its first 50 years and are asking for help in deciphering what is going on in them. Dr Sue Black, who was a key figure in the campaign to save Bletchley Park, said "we believe that much of this information could be crowd-sourced from the CERN community."

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17:04 Colon Cleansing: 7 Myths Busted» LiveScience.com
Although colon cleanses are touted for removing "toxins" from the body, strengthening immunity and promoting weight loss, there isn't much science to back up these claims.
17:00 Kevin Smith Shaves His Facial Hair, is Now Unrecognizable» Neatorama

Via Facebook

Film director Kevin Smith posted these pictures of himself to his Facebook page, one of which is the "after" picture of him having shaven his trademark facial hair. People familiar with Smith, what do you think? Does he look better with beard and mustache or without? And what on Earth would Silent Bob say? (Yeah, likely nothing.) -Via Uproxx

Via Facebook

16:40 Naver third quarter operating profit up 88 percent year-on-year» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
SEOUL (Reuters) - Naver Corp , South Korea's top internet portal operator, said on Thursday its third-quarter profit rose 88 percent from a year earlier, mostly in line with forecasts, lifted by revenue growth at its messaging app subsidiary Line Corp . Naver reported a July-September operating profit of 189 billion won ($179.46 million), compared with a 201 billion won mean estimate of 23 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. It reported an operating profit of 105 billion won a year ago and 191 billion won in the previous quarter. ...
16:29 UN condemns Israeli settlement expansion» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
UN political chief tells Security Council that Israeli plans to build new homes in Jerusalem could ignite more violence.
16:27 Security Companies Team Up, Take Down Chinese Hacking Group» Slashdot
daten writes A coalition of security companies has hit a sophisticated hacking group in China with a heavy blow. The effort is detailed in a report released today by Novetta. The coalition, which calls itself Operation SMN, detected and cleaned up malicious code on 43,000 computers worldwide that were targeted by Axiom, an incredibly sophisticated organization that has been stealing intellectual property for more than six years. The group united as part of Microsoft's Coordinated Malware Eradication (CME) campaign against Hikit (a.k.a. Hikiti), the custom malware often used by Axiom to burrow into organizations, exfiltrate data, and evade detection, sometimes for years.

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16:27 "Ambulance Drone" Prototype Unveiled In Holland» Slashdot
schwit1 writes with news about a flying defibrillator designed by a Dutch student. A Dutch-based student on Tuesday unveiled a prototype of an "ambulance drone", a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes. Developed by Belgian engineering graduate Alec Momont, it can fly at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour (60 miles per hour). "Around 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the European Union every year and only 8.0 percent survive, the main reason for this is the relatively long response time of emergency services of around 10 minutes, while brain death and fatalities occur with four to six minutes,"

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16:10 Akamai expects strong U.S. dollar to weigh on fourth-quarter revenue» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
By Soham Chatterjee (Reuters) - Akamai Technologies Inc , whose service helps speed up delivery of Web content, said a stronger U.S. dollar would hurt revenue growth in the current quarter, sending its shares down as much as 5 percent in after-market trade. The company forecast revenue of $515-$535 million for the fourth quarter, largely below the average analyst estimate of $531.3 million. The tepid revenue forecast took the shine off Akamai's higher-than-expected third-quarter results that drove up the company's shares as much as 6 percent earlier. ...
16:00 Why So Many American Retailers Are Fighting to Freeze Out Apple Pay» WIRED
Why So Many American Retailers Are Fighting to Freeze Out Apple Pay

MCX—the coalition of retailers at the heart of recent decisions to block Apple Pay—says it could eventually embrace that technology that drives Apple’s brand new payments service. But it seems that coalition will continue to freeze out Apple Pay—and all other payments services that compete with its own app, known as CurrentC.

The post Why So Many American Retailers Are Fighting to Freeze Out Apple Pay appeared first on WIRED.








16:00 Which Wine Pairs Best With Your Halloween Candy?» Neatorama

Image Credits: Jackie

So the kids come in Halloween night, and they pour the contents of their bag on the floor to pick out their favorites. They slowly eat themselves into a sugar coma, and this is when the adults strike. They grab the stash and put it somewhere safer so the kids wont have diabetes in a few days. Thing is, mom and dad reach in and take a few treats because, well, don't you think they've earned it? But when they sit down to eat their mini-Snickers, they freeze. Why? Because they don't know which wine would best accentuate it. 

Well now, thanks to Bustle, they do. In the article all of us have been waiting for for most of our lives, they tell us which wine pairs best with which Halloween candy. Though some may know at its most basic that chocolate goes well with red, this list runs much deeper than that. Put it this way, when you crack into that Reese's Cup, match it with a bold red, like a malbec. They will accentuate each other perfectly.

I mean, come on. We all knew that, right? (I totally didn't know that).

15:53 The Joy of Fix: Fixing and making feels good» Boing Boing

"Inspired by the life-changing sex manual of the 1970s, [Sugru] wants to help millions more people experience the true joy that comes from a fulfilling fix life."

15:43 Earhart Search: Underwater 'Lump' May Be Wreckage from Lost Plane» LiveScience.com
The hunt for Amelia Earhart's lost plane will continue next summer. A team will investigate an underwater "anomaly" detected off the coast of the tiny Pacific atoll Nikumaroro. The group thinks it could be the wreckage of Earhart's aircraft.
15:15 Pope Francis Speaks Out on Evolution (And Why It's No Surprise)» LiveScience.com
Despite making headlines, Pope Francis's statements in support of evolution and the Big Bang are really nothing new, Catholic theologians and scientists say.
15:13 HP Unveils Industrial 3D Printer 10X Faster, 50% Cheaper Than Current Systems» Slashdot
Lucas123 writes HP today announced an 3D industrial printer that it said will be half the cost of current additive manufacturing systems while also 10 times faster, enabling production parts to be built. The company also announced Sprout, a new immersive computing platform that combines a 23-in touch screen monitor and horizontal capacitive touch mat with a scanner, depth sensor, hi-res camera, and projector in a single desktop device. HP's Multi Jet Fusion printer will be offered to beta customers early next year and is expected to be generally available in 2016. The machine uses a print bar with 30,000 nozzles spraying 350 million drops a second of thermoplastic or other materials onto a print platform. The Multi Jet Fusion printer uses fused deposition modeling, an additive manufacturing technology first invented in 1990. the printer works by first laying down a layer of powder material across a build area. Then a fusing agent is selectively applied with the page-wide print bar. Then the same print bar applies a detailing agent at the parts edge to give high definition. The material is then exposed to an energy source that fuses it.

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15:13 Check Out the Source Code For the Xerox Alto» Slashdot
jfruh writes The Xerox Alto is a computer legend: it was never sold to the public, but its window-based OS was the inspiration for both the original Mac operating system and Windows. Now you can check out its source code, along with code for CP/M, a similarly old school (though not graphical) operating system.

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15:13 Stopping Ebola: How Small Changes Make a Big Difference» LiveScience.com
Small changes in the way Ebola interventions are carried out may make a big difference in curbing the growth of the epidemic in West Africa, experts said this week.
15:00 Grand Theft Stapler - The Birth Of An Office Badass» Neatorama


Grand Theft Stapler
by Grafx-Guy

Milton was always getting pushed around at work, he was the butt of every joke and the only person in the office who didn't have his own space for more than a week at a time, but he'd learned to live with these unpleasantries. However, when he discovered the theft of his favorite stapler something in Milton's head snapped, and his quiet office life took a grand turn towards the dark side. Milton hopped into his auto and waited for his fellow employees to file out of the office, and as he slammed his foot on the gas pedal and turned the wheel towards his enemies he muttered "don't touch my stapler"....

Warn the world about the dangers of office prankery with this Grand Theft Stapler t-shirt by Grafx-Guy, and don't mess with another worker's office supplies!

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15:00 Things We Wish We Could Say at the Gym» Neatorama

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The gym: for those of us who go regularly, there are certain thoughts trapped in our heads during workouts that aren't a good idea to verbalize. The part I could relate to most in this video is being annoyed when someone picks the machine sandwiched right next to mine when almost every machine of that type is not being used. Can you identify with anything in the video? Or, maybe you skip the gym to work out another way. Or perhaps you do arm curls on the couch with cheese curls. Weigh in (bad pun intended) in the comments. -Via Viral Viral Videos

14:12 Power and Free Broadband To the People» Slashdot
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes Slashdot member and open source developer Ben Kallos @KallosEsq — who is now a NYC Councilman — is pushing to make it a precondition to Comcast's merging with Time Warner that it agree to provide free broadband to all public housing residents in the City (and by free I mean free as in beer). Kallos, along with NY's Public Advocate, Letitia James, is leading a group of state and local politicians calling on Comcast to help bridge the digital divide in NY.

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14:06 China's Baidu posts third quarter revenue below analysts' targets» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

People talk in front of a Baidu's company logo at Baidu's headquarters in Beijing(Reuters) - Baidu Inc posted a less-than-expected 52 percent surge in third-quarter revenue, even as mobile traffic for China's dominant Internet search engine continued to grow. On Wednesday, the company referred to as "China's Google" forecast a 45.4 to 49.6 percent rise in revenue this quarter, generally in line with Wall Street projections but a marginal deceleration in its pace of expansion. Baidu showed it has been spending more on marketing and content, and on acquiring users. Traffic acquisition costs grew to 12.9 percent of overall revenue, or 1.742 billion yuan in the third quarter. ...


14:00 Ghost Islands: Eight of the Eeriest Abandoned Places on the Seas» Neatorama

There are uninhabited islands and abandoned islands, and then there are these: ghost islands, with a past that sinks over you like a specter. There are mostly sad reasons these islands aren’t inhabited, like Poveglia Plague Island.

Poveglia served as a plague quarantine station for Venice from 1793 to 1814, and some rumors state that 50% of the soil is composed of the remains of the dead. A mental hospital was later opened, and remains in ruins in the overgrowth of ivy. It's also not the only ghost island in the Venice area, which is spotted with these abandoned relics of eras gone by.

Other islands were abandoned due to war, starvation, industrial decline, border disputes, and there’s even one that sank too much to live on. Read about all eight at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: Flickr user ntenny)

13:57 Kilauea Lava Flow Consumes Cemetery, Reaches Town» LiveScience.com
Weeks of grim waiting ended yesterday (Oct. 28) for two homeowners in Hawaii's Pahoa village, as they became the first to lose their yards and fences to the relentless river of lava from Kilauea volcano.
13:42 What Science Lost in the Antares Rocket Explosion» WIRED
What Science Lost in the Antares Rocket Explosion

Last night, an unmanned Antares rocket carrying more than 5,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station exploded in a huge fireball seconds after liftoff. No one was hurt, but in addition to damage to the launch pad, NASA lost tons of supplies, including equipment and food for astronauts. Science also took a big hit in the explosion.

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13:38 Egypt blows up houses for Sinai buffer zone» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Hundreds of homes to be demolished as authorities move to prevent infiltration and arms smuggling from Gaza.
13:38 FDA Approves Meningitis B Vaccine» LiveScience.com
The first vaccine designed to prevent a common type of bacterial meningitis has been approved for use in the United States.
13:27 IBM, Twitter to partner on business data analytics» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

A person holds a magnifying glass over a computer screen displaying Twitter logosBy Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday announced a partnership with Twitter to help shape business decisions using data collected from tweets worldwide. IBM will help businesses predict trends in the marketplace and consumer sentiment about products and brands and will train 10,000 employees to consult businesses on the best use of Twitter data. IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty has been trying to shift the 100-year-old company's focus away from commoditized hardware to higher-value cloud and data analytics products. ...


13:23 Personal: Check. Next Up: The Workplace — Contextual Communications Change the Game» WIRED
Personal: Check. Next Up: The Workplace — Contextual Communications Change the Game

Personal communications are becoming more user friendly every day. However workplace communications seem to be getting more complex. Every time employees log-in, there are more applications that they are required to use and more streams to keep up with. Despite communications advances, the inevitable truth is that employees spend too much time messaging and not […]

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13:23 Glif Smartphone Mount» Boing Boing

The Glif is one of the more invaluable video accessories in my collection, when used in tandem with a small tripod.

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13:07 Remote Vision Through a Virtual Reality Headset (Video)» Slashdot
Add some material-handling devices and you'd have software-controlled Waldos, first described by Robert A. Heinlein in the 1942 short story titled Waldo. So while the idea of a pair of artificial eyes you control by moving your head (while looking at the area around the artificial eyes, even if it's in orbit), sounds like futuristic fun, especially if you use an Oculus Virtual Reality device instead of an LED screen, it not only hasn't caught up with science fiction, but is a fair ways behind science fact. Still, the idea of being able to control a vision system deep under the sea or in orbit around Saturn is certainly interesting in and of itself. (Alternate Video Link)

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13:07 Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?» Slashdot
reifman writes The Internet's been abuzz the past 48 hours about reports the FBI distributed malware via a fake Seattle Times news website. What the agency actually did is more of an example of smart, precise law enforcement tactics. Is the outrage online an indictment of Twitter's tendency towards uninformed, knee-jerk reactions? In this age of unwarranted, unconstitutional blanket data collection by the NSA, the FBI's tactics from 2007 seem refreshing for their precision.

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13:00 Last-Minute Tech Tips for Making Your Halloween Nice and Creepy» WIRED
Last-Minute Tech Tips for Making Your Halloween Nice and Creepy

Even if you've procrastinated on your Halloween plans, you can still whip up festive, interactive costumes and decor. Here are seven tips and ideas for a WIRED All Hallows Eve.

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13:00 Twenty-nine charged in Chicago with 'cracking cards' bank fraud scheme» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Twenty-nine people in the Chicago area face state or federal charges for involvement with a bank fraud scheme known as "cracking cards," which found participants through rap music and social media, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The multimillion-dollar scheme, which started on Chicago's South Side about three years ago, involved recruiting bank customers to give up their debit cards and PIN numbers with the promise of making fast cash, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said. ...
13:00 Honest Trailers: Saw» Neatorama

Here is the thing about the Saw movie franchise. It has a lot of cuts and holes. HAHAHAHAHA, get it? That works on TWO levels. As a fan of horror, we tend to look past those holes and do our best to just sit back and enjoy a movie, no matter how mindless. But the guys at Screen Junkies have a special gift for dissecting films, and this time, they are going after the movie  Saw, just in time for Halloween.

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Pay attention to the line at the 00:44 mark. Pure genius.

11:54 Ghost Busters! Night-Vision Camera Touted As Paranormal Tracker» LiveScience.com
If you're looking for something spooky to do this Halloween, you might consider walking around the block to search for ghosts in your neighborhood.
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